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Scottish Sea Farms
May 2019
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Creating a £25m smolt hatchery in Oban

Robertson Northern constructed the new £25m state of the art onshore hatchery for Scottish Sea Farms in Oban as part of the organisation's £44m investment in the area. The hatchery increased capacity and provided significant sustainability benefits to the Scottish Sea Farms.

Key steps to increasing production

The freshwater Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) now helps rear young Scottish Salmon to meet the growing demand throughout the world.

After construction of the new smolt hatchery, the Scottish Sea Farms production has increased from five million to 11 million annually.

This is a significant investment in our freshwater capacity and is a vital component to helping us meet the world's increasing demand for premium Scottish salmon. Robertson Northern has demonstrated that they have the right skills to help deliver what is a landmark development for Scottish Sea Farms and for Scottish aquaculture.
Jim Gallagher
Managing Director

Creating additional jobs

The new site in Oban generated 25 new jobs in the area.

This is a revolutionary development in every sense of the word and an exciting development for both Scottish Sea Farms and the local economy. As well as creating jobs when complete, we will be using the skilled local workforce whenever we can throughout the development of this facility.
Frank Reid
Managing DirectorRobertson Northern
This is a highly complex and technically demanding project. Our site team, supply chain and client have worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges this project gave us all. We look forward to completing the new facility and handing it over to Scottish Sea farms.
Alister Maclean
Senior Project ManagerRobertson Northern

Playing a key part in a bigger picture

The £25m onshore hatchery falls into Scottish Sea Farms £44m investment in Oban and factors into its £70m project in improving and maintaining its existing sites during the coming years.